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Politicians cutting across party lines have come under the shadow of Covid-19, with prominent faces such as former Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje, Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’ Brien, Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh, Uttar Pradesh health minister Jai Pratap Singh, Apna Dal’s Anupriya Patel and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker Dushyant Singh, opting for a fortnight-long self-quarantine.

While Raje and her son Dushyant Singh went into self isolation after attending a party with singer Kanika Kapoor, who tested positive for Covid-19, Brien opted for self-isolation after meeting Singh, who is a Lok Sabha MP.

Singh had attended a breakfast meeting hosted by President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday and, later in the day, he attended a parliamentary panel meeting on transport, tourism and culture, which was attended by over a dozen MPs. A day earlier, Singh had also attended BJP’s parliamentary party meeting.

“I am at home in Delhi, in self-quarantine, self-isolation. Dushyant, the MP, who came in contact with the singer who has tested positive… I was sitting next to the BJP MP at the transport committee meeting and I was sitting with him for close to two hours. I do not remember shaking his hands, I was wearing a mask. As a matter of abundant caution, I am at home here in Delhi," Brien said in a video message posted on Twitter on Friday evening.

“Rajya Sabha MP and my friend Derek O’ Brien has kept himself in self quarantine. We keep meeting in the Parliament, so, taking precaution I am too going for self quarantine," Sanjay Singh wrote on Twitter later on Friday evening. Patel, too, said on Twitter that she attended an event where Dushyant Singh was present, and so, was opting for self-quarantine, following the advisory issued by the Union government.

Other senior politicians, including Jai Pratap Singh and senior Congress leader Jitin Prasada, Sukhendu Sekhar Roy and Suresh Prabhu, are also under self-quarantine. With more than half a dozen parliamentarians opting for self-quarantine, Opposition parties are likely to demand for early curtailment of the ongoing budget session. The Congress, TMC and Left parties, among others, have demanded that the session be cut short considering the Covid-19 risk.

The government has maintained that the session will not be curtailed. The Parliament reconvened after a three-week recess on 2 March for the budget session, which is scheduled to end on 3 April.

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